2017 PLAYOFFS (G12): G6 DUCKS AT OILERS

The most difficult game to win all year awaits the Edmonton Oilers tonight. Just minutes away from a 3-2 series lead, bad luck, horrible timing, the mistakes of youth and video review all conspired to put them on the brink of elimination. The overwhelming realization that tonight could be the last night of the season may end up being too much for a young team to rise against, and this evening could be a major disappointment after a long run of brilliance and satisfaction.

You go ahead and bet against Connor McDavid and these Edmonton Oilers, I’m going to pass on the opportunity. There’s a lot we don’t know about tonight (Andrej Sekera, the team’s mindset) but I haven’t bet against 97 since lottery day and I’m not going to start now. Bless you boys, win this one for Cam Talbot and let’s get this back to California one last time.

PLAYOFF SCORING

  • McDavid is finding the range now, it’s only a matter of (having enough) time.
  • Leon Drasiaitl’s fantastic regular season has been followed by a splendid playoffs.
  • Milan Lucic doesn’t have the foot speed to arrive at the (usual) scene of the crime.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is starting to show up in the scoring summaries more often, good to see. Now, let’s hope tonight brings him his first playoff goal. Eberle too.
  • Drake Caggiula is looking more and more like a solid option on 97’s line. I don’t know that we’ll ever see him there for 80 games, but as a plug-and-play when Leon is needed elsewhere, he should be able to play that part for years.
  • Adam Larsson has four points in this series, leading all defensemen.
  • Oscar Klefbom has emerged as a complete defenseman. We’ll talk about him during the RE, but the Oilers solved a major issue via the draft, as it should be.
  • We are last chance Texaco ladies and men, and Andrej Sekera is status unknown.
  • Kris Russell had a strong night on Friday and the coach clearly loves him. More in a minute.
  • Darnell Nurse and Matt Benning are gaining valuable experience this spring, and I wonder how quickly they will learn the lessons before them. That may end up being key for Edmonton’s Stanley chances as the seasons roll along.

LINES BY POSSESSION

Corsica.hockey provides brilliant information on lines and pairings, and we are now deep enough into the playoffs to see some numbers worth viewing. One of Edmonton’s flaws in the Anaheim series has been 5×5 possession, so let’s run the Corsi for by line in that discipline:

  1. Drake Caggiula-Connor McDavid-Leon Draisaitl (33 mins) 58.23 percent
  2. Milan Lucic-RNH-Jordan Eberle (91 mins) 55.49 percent
  3. Benoit Pouliot-David Desharnais-Anton Slepyshev (49 mins) 49.47 percent
  4. Patrick Maroon-Mark Letestu-Zack Kassian (25 mins) 48.72
  5. Patrick Maroon-Connor McDavid-Leon Draisaitl (72 mins) 48.50
  6. Drake Caggiula-Mark Letestu-Zack Kassian (50 mins) 41.49
  7. Source

You can find out a lot about your team in a series against another playoff team, and for Todd McLellan the top four lines listed here have been doing a reasonable (or better) job in possession. Small sample size for Caggiula on the 97 line but interesting all the same.

PAIRINGS BY POSSESSION

  1. Oscar Klefbom-Adam Larsson (159 mins) 50.82
  2. Darnell Nurse-Matt Benning (117 mins) 50.67
  3. Andrej Sekera-Kris Russell (138 mins) 46.80
  4. Source

Lots of encouraging numbers here, the top pairing has delivered under trying circumstances in my opinion. The third pairing is also above 50 percent in possession despite the wobble one would expect from two blue with so little experience. The third pair is well below 50 percent and that’s an issue, I’m not sure how much of that number is on Russell (Sekera has struggled to my eye) but that’s the area to improve next season.

KRIS RUSSELL’S FUTURE

  • Steve Simmons: No one gets more abused by the stats gurus than Edmonton defenceman Kris Russell, who is hardly a Corsi darling. So it’s nice to see him have a strong playoff run with the Oilers, where his minutes played tells you what the coaching staff thinks of him. Source

I think we’re heading for a summer that includes two contracts (97 and 29) that will approach $20 million cap per season (beginning in 2018-19). Can the Oilers afford to sign Kris Russell? The answer is yes, if Peter Chiarelli can manage several things. A buyout of Mark Fayne, trading Benoit Pouliot and one more move (I’ll use cashing Eberle) could make it happen.

POSSIBLE 2017-18 ROSTER

I think the Oilers would have to trade Jordan Eberle (or Nuge) to make signing Kris Russell possible. That’s how I see it, anyway. When McDavid’s contract kicks in (I expect it will be $10-11.5 million annual cap but that’s a guess) for 2018-19, the club will have to deal Nuge. I don’t see another way to do it, please chime in if you have any ideas.

The Oilers may indeed sign Kris Russell this summer, after the expansion draft. You and I may look at the Corsi and Fenwick or Woodmoney numbers and balk, but the coach is Todd McLellan and he clearly values what Russell brings. Does McLellan value Russell’s skill set higher than he values Jordan Eberle? You already know the answer.

WHO REPLACES SEKERA TONIGHT?

My guess is that Eric Gryba draws in and Matt Benning joins Kris Russell on the second pairing. The Swedes remain and Nurse plays third pair with Gryba. I like the idea of Klefbom-Benning but it’s late in the evening for that kind of nuance.

FRACTURE

If the Oilers lose tonight, I believe it will be a defining moment for a lot of Oilers fans. The fracture of last summer’s trade activity divided the fanbase and has given us many months of bickering. I don’t consider myself a part of any group (my childhood upbringing has defined me so I avoid crowds when talk turns to religion) but do believe there is a fracture brewing that may see a gigantic reveal this evening.

I think many fans of the Oilers became fans of the team in the period surrounding Marchant’s OT goal and then the MacT coaching years. This (younger) group was excited by the 2006 Stanley run and then drained by the decade of stunning losses.

My theory is that these fans cannot balance the roster moves of last summer with the success and failure of the current roster. I suspect they are already gone but may not realize it and a loss tonight will set them free. I further believe we will see those fans migrate toward ‘smart teams’ like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers.

I could be wrong, but it has to be exhausting to cheer for a team that does not share your world view. In the coming months, expect high foreheads and deep thinkers (and bloggers) to explore other teams as a release and a curio. Somewhere in those days and months, they will find release. It is as it should be, and we should embrace whatever future fits us best.

Sail on, Dellows. I have enjoyed the ride immensely.

 

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  1. gogliano says:

    I’m fine with the Kassian call but it’s clear that the Ducks are crosschecking McDavid’s ribs any chance they get. That 7th goal was a Duck losing his stick going for the ribs. On an Oilers powerplay drawn via a penalty against Kesler for roughing McDavid.

  2. geowal says:

    I’m still nervous. Can’t help it. I don’t think I’ll relax until tomorrow. Maybe I’ll pour a scotch.

  3. Thor762 says:

    spoiler:
    For the first time in my life I completely agree with Hrudey. Crush them.

    EXACTLY!!!

  4. Alsker says:

    Connor who? Leon blitzkrieging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. TheGreatMutato says:

    Alright I’m drunk.

    But like a good drunk this time.

  6. LMHF#1 says:

    spoiler:
    This game is now 40 minutes old and Kesler is still fogging a mirror.

    With ya. Gryba or Reinhart should be “taking liberties”.

  7. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    geowal:
    I’m still nervous. Can’t help it. I don’t think I’ll relax until tomorrow. Maybe I’ll pour a scotch.

    You absolutely should pour a scotch.

  8. spoiler says:

    97 is so dry, I can already see him after the game… “I’m really just along for the ride.”

  9. Zelepukin says:

    Thor762: EXACTLY!!!

    Need to finish this smart and attacking.

    No media interviews until Wednesday. Do not speak to anyone. Do not pump their tires.

  10. Jaxon says:

    I wouldn’t have believed anyone at the start of the season or at the start of the playoffs if they said that in the second round in the 6th game Nurse would be leading all left D in TOI and Benning would be leading all right D in TOI, but there it is. Wow. Baptism by fire and they’re handling it quite well. Their 4 youngest forwards are doing great, too. Draisaitl, McDavid, Slepyshev and Caggiula are all looking good. Slepy and Cags are opening a lot of eyes to what they can bring. They’re both taking huge leaps in confidence. Great to see.

  11. Todd Macallan says:

    Flying from the Yukon to NL tomorrow, might have to give the Nuge jersey a cross country exhibition

  12. 106 and 106 says:

    spoiler,

    His dream of Nuge being a third line centre are coming true. Hrudey-isms.

  13. TheGreatMutato says:

    Wait so does this mean no empty netter for Eberle? Shit.

  14. Lowetide says:

    JOFA:
    LT, The prayer worked😉

    Ha! Say another one on Wednesday! 🙂

  15. treevojo says:

    Eat the post you assholes

  16. spoiler says:

    Tell me Perry is crippled.

  17. Boil-in-the-Oil says:

    After that incredible 3rd goal (hat-trick) of Leon’s, I’m pretty sure men were throwing their hats and women were throwing their panties.

    I’m feeling pretty good (fingers crossed) we’re going back to Cali for game 7. Wow.

    And lovin’ it.

  18. Oilanderp says:

    Todd Macallan:
    Flying from the Yukon to NL tomorrow, might have to give the Nuge jersey a cross country exhibition

    Your wings will be tired after that one. Say hi to rene for me. I miss NL.

  19. Sanderson says:

    Injuries on defense? Haven’t noticed a whole lot. Is this what depth is? Neat.

  20. JDI Хоккей says:

    Gryba -> Ritchie.

    Heh.

  21. spoiler says:

    Damn, Perry survived.

  22. The Hermit says:

    Gryba taking out Richie, who needs a puck?

  23. spoiler says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    Gryba -> Ritchie.

    Heh.

    And he’s the best fighter on the team.

  24. N64 says:

    Good thing the Ducks have lots of Game 6 playoff experience.

  25. The Hermit says:

    Starting to get a little rough…

  26. Todd Macallan says:

    Oilanderp,

    Thanks, Ive done that trip so many times now I am starting to get used to it. Anyone has any questions regarding places for airport beers across the country Im your guy.

  27. Oilanderp says:

    This is a good time for Gryba. Ducks aren’t fast, just dirt. (y)

  28. Oilanderp says:

    Todd Macallan,

    U workin in NL or in Yukon? or neither? Spent lots of time jetting around the north. Curious.

  29. MrEd says:

    CMD. Bah.
    7 goals and yet….
    Words have meaning.

  30. Admiral Ackbar says:

    This team. My goodness. I love them. They’ve certainly given us the highest of highs and the lows (officials mainly to blame, aside from that 7-0 loss).

  31. treevojo says:

    I want 10

    Let’s go.

  32. Todd Macallan says:

    Oilanderp,

    Currently working/studying in NL, grew up in the Yukon after being born in Edm.

    Just back visiting family and watching hockey in a non-godforsaken time zone for a couple weeks.

  33. The Hermit says:

    Dirty dirty duck.

  34. spoiler says:

    If the League could call this game over, they would.

  35. N64 says:

    Heading for the series lead.

    Oil 3
    Refs 2
    Ducks 1

  36. Bag of Pucks says:

    Lindholm should get a game for that.

  37. leadfarmer says:

    Finally refs call ducks on their dirty play

  38. leadfarmer says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Lindholm should get a game for that.

    They called it a penalty. Baby steps.

  39. TheGreatMutato says:

    If Letestu nets the hatty, does anyone in Rogers still have a hat?

  40. Ice Sage says:

    N64:
    Heading for the series lead.

    Oil 3
    Refs 2
    Ducks 1

    Nicely played.
    Refs rebalancing series tonight in garbage time.

  41. leadfarmer says:

    TheGreatMutato:
    If Letestu nets the hatty, does anyone in Rogers still have a hat?

    If Maroon gets a hat trick next game do half of ducks fans have to throw their hat on the ice

  42. Oilanderp says:

    Todd Macallan,

    I believe immigrating to NL is illegal. Emmigration only policy since the 60s. Enjoy yourself. In both places.

  43. TheGreatMutato says:

    leadfarmer: If Maroon gets a hat trick next game do half of ducks fans have to throw their hat on the ice

    /Slow clap that slowly builds

    Well played.

  44. N64 says:

    Ice Sage: Nicely played.
    Refs rebalancing series tonight in garbage time.

    Goalie pulling time.

  45. Ice Sage says:

    TheGreatMutato: Slow clap that slowly builds

    +2 hands

  46. The Hermit says:

    Duck douchebagery.

  47. spoiler says:

    Make Kesler pay.

  48. jp says:

    That was kinda needed.

  49. treevojo says:

    Sleppy was built for the playoffs.

    Build that guy a house in Edmonton.

    He’s eating every right wingers lunch.

  50. Zelepukin says:

    Larsson with no hits this game? He must be saving himself.

  51. russ99 says:

    That was nice. Rat bastards.

  52. leadfarmer says:

    Shrines will be built for Lucic for that

  53. spoiler says:

    TheGreatMutato: Slow clap that slowly builds

    We call that a “Brubaker”

  54. N64 says:

    Zelepukin:
    Larsson with no hits this game? He must be saving himself.

    Good plan with Sekera and Klef out.

  55. The Hermit says:

    Katy Perry.

  56. nelson88 says:

    I would take charles kid on our team.

  57. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Ice Sage: Nicely played.
    Refs rebalancing series tonight in garbage time.

    Exactly. So predictable.

  58. russ99 says:

    The ole Conn Smythe, beat em on the ice and back in the alley.

  59. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Kessler is the best at finding a linesman to chirp behind

  60. spoiler says:

    Potentially your last game before a hometown crowd this season, boys, how do you want to play?

    Oilers> Hold our beer!

  61. Ice Sage says:

    OK, that’s epic – no commentary last 70 seconds…

  62. leadfarmer says:

    So if the Oilers beat the Ducks 7-1 but no one sees or hears it because they’ve become Leaf and Panther fans does it make a sound?

    Woooooooooooooooooooot is that sound

  63. LMHF#1 says:

    Want to know why I was ranting and mad after last game???

    Because they are THIS hockey team.

    Last time Inwas that mad was SJ game 2 06. Just sayin.

  64. The Hermit says:

    Oilers played their game from start to finish.

    Woooooooot!

  65. russ99 says:

    Beautiful crowd.

    Hope we’re back in a week.

  66. theDjdj says:

    the National broadcast just let the sound of the Oilers stadium ring out for the last minute. Brilliant coverage.

  67. TheGreatMutato says:

    Haha cute song choice in the Rog.

  68. Oilanderp says:

    Package up these refs and bring them with us in a sac.

  69. Gerta Rauss says:

    Couldn’t ask for a better result

    Great stuff from start to finish

    Game 7

  70. Caller Zen says:

    Love that swagger from Nurse walking back to the dressing room, awesome!

  71. Lowetide says:

    First 20: 5-0 EDM, 16-8 EDM shots, 21-13 EDM CF5x5
    Second 20: 2-1 EDM, 13-10 ANA shots, 21- 19 ANA CF5x5.
    Final 20: 0-0 tie, 14-9 ANA shots, 24-13 ANA CF 5×5.

    Overall: 7-1 EDM, 35-35 tie in shots, 58-47 ANA CF5x5.

  72. russ99 says:

    Game seven! Anything can happen.

  73. N64 says:

    leadfarmer:
    So if the Oilers beat the Ducks 7-1 but no one sees or hears it because they’ve become Leaf and Panther fans does it make a sound?

    Woooooooooooooooooooot is that sound

    Ok who picked Reinhart for more points than Connor tonight in a blowout.

  74. spoiler says:

    Throwing the hats into the crowd as thanks for the support…

    How can you not be proud of this team?

    Oh yeah, fracture.

  75. Oilanderp says:

    5 pts – what a machine

  76. Ice Sage says:

    Well the Oilers have accomplished something – they’ll be a part of the first 7 game series this year.

  77. Ice Sage says:

    N64: Ok who picked Reinhart for more points than Connor tonight in a blowout.

    That is a crazy stat. Keep it for the BBQ circuit this summer!

  78. TheGreatMutato says:

    Just wanna say that this feels really good. Like really really good. Gonna enjoy the next few days with a spring in my step. Thanks oilers! Whatever else may come, this was a dandy.

  79. jp says:

    What a huge game!

    So nice that it was never in question.

    The Oilers scored 7, but great to see Talbot dialed in again.

    However game 7 turns out, this team is legit good. I’m still having a hard time fully believing it, but they are for real and then some.

    Now just gotta do it one more time boys!!

  80. Bag of Pucks says:

    KBom and Sekera out. Team comes out like bloodthirsty Vikings.

    Well played Mr. MacLellan.

  81. spoiler says:

    I might have had Benning as third star tonight.

  82. Lucinius says:

    The Oilers are allowed to win a game!

    Slightly more seriously; the Oilers don’t let the refs decide the game by simply playing a much better, all-round game. Ducks had a few moments, but even if you took away the seven goals the Oilers had just as many chances to score left over as the Ducks did the entire game.

    This was hockey I want to watch, un-marred by the utter bullshit we’ve seen the past few games.

    Imo; the backlash over last game is what caused the refs to officiate a good game. I had non-sports fans who live in Louisiana mentioning the Oilers getting fucked over by officials after the last game. That’s how main-stream it was. The league had to notice that; the officials had to notice that. It was a black eye for the sport.

    Let’s see if it holds in game seven.

  83. theDjdj says:

    Lowetide:
    First 20: 5-0 EDM, 16-8 EDM shots, 21-13 EDM CF5x5
    Second 20: 2-1 EDM, 13-10 ANA shots, 21- 19 ANA CF5x5.
    Final 20: 0-0 tie, 14-9 ANA shots, 24-13 ANA CF 5×5.

    Overall: 7-1 EDM, 35-35 tie in shots, 58-47 ANA CF5x5.

    I couldn’t believe that they had that many shots. Seems like we kept them to the outside most of the game. Talbot has two strong games back to back now after struggling a little in the series.

  84. spoiler says:

    I’m actually more worried about their resiliency after a huge win than a tough loss.

  85. Admiral Ackbar says:

    I want these referees for the next game. I wonder if they were brought in response to what had happened in the past few games or it was a planned change. They certainly didn’t put up with the Ducks garbage.

    Great on Lucic getting at Kesler. Wish they got a few more shots in on him. What a garbage weasel.

    Carlyle teams really play it dirty and then call it ‘gamesmanship’.

    I hope the game is called like this in game 7.

  86. jm363561 says:

    spoiler:
    I might have had Benning as third star tonight.

    23.37 TOI, three minutes more than any other D. Stunning game.

    Reinhardt did well in his first game of the season. Unbelievable performance you the team, Best game I have seen Lucic play.

  87. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Also, its absolutely ridiculous that this is going 7. Series should have ended tonight.

  88. flyfish1168 says:

    Connor Is going to breakout in game 7, 5 points

  89. The Hermit says:

    spoiler,

    It’s game 7, they will be focused.

    This teams for real.

  90. N64 says:

    Ice Sage: That is a crazy stat.Keep it for the BBQ circuit this summer!

    So who all had 666 in Hunter’s challenge?

    (Wins, losses, blown goal calls)

    You’re outa here.

  91. Side says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    Also, its absolutely ridiculous that this is going 7. Series should have ended tonight.

    That’s generous. Series should have ended game 5 imo.

  92. Rake 2.0 says:

    The Hermit,

    The coaching staff learned a lesson last game. They can’t sit back on a lead and let the ducks come to them. They’ve got to keep pushing. When the oilers get in on the forecheck they are the better team. We’ve seen it all series.

  93. Zelepukin says:

    Rake 2.0:
    The Hermit,

    The coaching staff learned a lesson last game. They can’t sit back on a lead and let the ducks come to them. They’ve got to keep pushing. When the oilers get in on the forecheck they are the better team. We’ve seen it all series.

    Plus the separation of Drai and McD. These new lines are causing them fits.

  94. Alsker says:

    What a great win!!!! Which teams history will repeat in game 7…the Quacks epic meltdowns or ’06 heartbreak. I’;m with FLYFISH Connor lights it up HUGE and WE move on to host the Preds. Oh almost forgot WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTT

  95. marconiuse says:

    leadfarmer: If Maroon gets a hat trick next game do half of ducks fans have to throw their hat on the ice

    Criminally overlooked comment.

    Bravo sir, bravo!

  96. The Hermit says:

    Rake 2.0: The coaching staff learned a lesson last game. They can’t sit back on a lead and let the ducks come to them. They’ve got to keep pushing. When the oilers get in on the forecheck they are the better team. We’ve seen it all series.

    Yup. They kept their focus all game.

  97. The Hermit says:

    Zelepukin: Plus the separation of Drai and McD. These new lines are causing them fits.

    That’s huge because it’s helping Lucic too.

  98. hunter1909 says:

    This reminds me of the last time Oilers played a “meaningful game” at home in 2006. A 4-0 thrashing of the Whalers.

    If they’d have lost tonight it would have been appalling. Now should they lose at least they made it a series.

  99. Richard S.S. says:

    1. J. Gibson was overwhelmed by Oiler offense. He might have some serious doubts in Game 7.
    2. Oilers found out they could score at will in this game and will have less doubts about their offense going forward.
    3. They didn’t need offense from C. McDavid, so their confidence level is increasing.
    4. They proved to the Ducks they can’t be stopped.
    Now they just have to bring it in Game 7 and keep on bringing it every minute.

  100. hunter1909 says:

    Richard S.S.:
    1. J. Gibson was overwhelmed by Oiler offense.He might have some serious doubts in Game 7.
    2. Oilers found out they could score at will in this game and will have less doubts about their offense going forward.
    3. They didn’t need offense from C. McDavid, so their confidence level is increasing.
    4. They proved to the Ducks they can’t be stopped.
    Now they just have to bring it in Game 7 and keep on bringing it every minute.

    That should do it!

  101. Jethro Tull says:

    Randy’s rattled…..
    Randy’s arrogant…..
    Randy’s an asshat…..

    Don’t be like Randy.

  102. The Hermit says:

    hunter1909: This reminds me of the last time Oilers played a “meaningful game” at home in 2006. A 4-0 thrashing of the Whalers.
    If they’d have lost tonight it would have been appalling. Now should they lose at least they made it a series.

    In all seriousness, the Oilers should have won the series already.

    This is a whole new team, no matter what happens they are a very good hockey team.

  103. spoiler says:

    The Hermit,

    Oh, I agree. They’re the goods.

    Two days off is nice too. I think Larsson is playing pretty hurt..

  104. N64 says:

    “Sail on, Ducks. I have enjoyed the ride immensely.”

    FTFY

  105. treevojo says:

    Rake 2.0:
    The Hermit,

    The coaching staff learned a lesson last game. They can’t sit back on a lead and let the ducks come to them. They’ve got to keep pushing. When the oilers get in on the forecheck they are the better team. We’ve seen it all series.

    Does that mean this coaching staff has graduated from mediocre?

    Eberle was still held off the scoresheet so I am guessing we are not dealing with any Bill Bellicheck level of coaching yet.

  106. Boil-in-the-Oil says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    I want these referees for the next game. I wonder if they were brought in response to what had happened in the past few games or it was a planned change. They certainly didn’t put up with the Ducks garbage.

    Great on Lucic getting at Kesler. Wish they got a few more shots in on him. What a garbage weasel.

    Carlyle teams really play it dirty and then call it ‘gamesmanship’.

    I hope the game is called like this in game 7.

    So the NHL wants to know how to increase scoring . . . make the goal bigger, make goalie equipment smaller, and other ridiculous ideas to change our great game . . . How about just calling penalties as the rules intended, increase the number of pp opportunities and you get more goals. Go figure.

    Great game tonight. Rest up Oilers, game 7 will be nasty, guaranteed.

  107. Rake 2.0 says:

    spoiler,

    He may be saving himself a bit with all the injuries. He stopped hitting after all our d got hurt in game 5.

  108. Bag of Pucks says:

    jp: 🙂

    Great stuff!

    Seemed appropriate given that Leon ‘thrashed’ them tonight!

    Love this team 🙃

  109. The Hermit says:

    spoiler: Two days off is nice too. I think Larsson is playing pretty hurt..

    He played an effective game without his usual robustness for sure.

    I think Kass had an injury, he’s looked a lot better the last few games.

  110. Jethro Tull says:

    McDavid without a point in his last 1 games. Need more from him or trade him. Always disappears in the playoffs.

  111. Side says:

    treevojo: Does that mean this coaching staff has graduated from mediocre?

    Eberle was still held off the scoresheet so I am guessing we are not dealing with any Bill Bellicheck levelof coaching yet.

    If Belichick were coaching, Eberle wouldn’t need a 1 timer because he would be receiving give and go’s and scoring 3 goals a game. Nurse wouldn’t have given the puck away to Getzlaf and Oilers would have won the cup already.

    #hirebelichick

  112. N64 says:

    Jethro Tull:
    McDavid without a point in his last 1 games. Need more from him or trade him. Always disappears in the playoffs.

    Your supposed to wait until it happens for 4 periods before doing that.

    #fancode

  113. The Hermit says:

    treevojo: Does that mean this coaching staff has graduated from mediocre?

    I feel we have a very good head coach, but at the end of the day it’s the players who make the difference.

  114. spoiler says:

    Rake 2.0:
    spoiler,

    He may be saving himself a bit with all the injuries. He stopped hitting after all our d got hurt in game 5.

    And his minutes were cut. If the coaching staff is saving him in an elimination game and he’s not hitting–and it was a physical match right till the end–he’s not healthy.

  115. treevojo says:

    The Hermit: I feel we have a very good head coach, but at the end of the day it’s the players who make the difference.

    Are you sure?

    I have seen it repeatedly stated that the coaching staff is limiting our players from reaching their true potential.

  116. N64 says:

    treevojo: Are you sure?

    I have seen it repeatedly stated that the coaching staff is limiting our players from reaching their true potential.

    Completely screwed up Sleps development playing Hendricks.

  117. Pescador says:

    Just when you think that they’re out ,
    They pull themselves back in.

  118. Ice Sage says:

    I’m still not entirely confident that the Oilers have won… waiting for the final
    Review.

  119. spoiler says:

    Joey Biagini with the interview of the year.

  120. LadiesloveSmid says:

    If you were to tell me the oilers would lose in 6 to the ducks in the second round at the start of the season I’d probably be giddy. 7, even better. If they lose on Tuesday, that’s taking a great team to the very end. The collapse of game 5 made it tough to stay positive, but if they’re in the game on Tuesday and fight til the end then that’s all you can really ask for after a 29th place finish. Go oilers!

  121. Side says:

    N64: Completely screwed up Sleps development playing Hendricks.

    I hope this is sarcasm. I’m pretty sure it is but… there have been some wild things said lately.

  122. Pescador says:

    N64: Completely screwed up Sleps development playing Hendricks.

    Nah,
    Sleppy will persevere

  123. jp says:

    Bag of Pucks: Seemed appropriate given that Leon ‘thrashed’ them tonight!

    Love this team

    Yeah, perfect fit!

    And I’ll always like a little thrash metal content. Was trying to figure out how to fit Raining Blood in here, but it’s not quite that kind of series.

    This team really is something else. I just didn’t think it would happen so soon!

  124. N64 says:

    Side: I hope this is sarcasm. I’m pretty sure it is but… there have been some wild things said lately.

    Yes. The world revolves around who gets scratched from line 4.

  125. treevojo says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    If you were to tell me the oilers would lose in 6 to the ducks in the second round at the start of the season I’d probably be giddy. 7, even better. If they lose on Tuesday, that’s taking a great team to the very end. The collapse of game 5 made it tough to stay positive, but if they’re in the game on Tuesday and fight til the end then that’s all you can really ask for after a 29th place finish. Go oilers!

    What if they win the game on Wednesday?

  126. The Hermit says:

    treevojo: Are you sure?
    I have seen it repeatedly stated that the coaching staff is limiting our players from reaching their true potential.

    Other than my previous comment, I have never shared my opinion of the Oiler coaches.

    I listen to others because I can be taught.

    But if some doesn’t agree with me it’s all good.

    Cheers!

  127. Zelepukin says:

    The best thing about this team is that when their backs have been against the wall, they play their absolute minds out. No passengers.

  128. LadiesloveSmid says:

    treevojo: What if they win the game on Wednesday?

    then they better win the damned cup or else

  129. Bag of Pucks says:

    True story, I got so fed up with this team when they traded Perron instead of Eakins, I started considering replacement teams. I guess you could say I was ‘fractured.’

    I eventually settled on the Blues. Good org. Reasonable time zone. Due for a Cup. Lots of Edmonton connections. Named for the foundational genre in music, etc. What’s not to like?

    Told my wife I was going to buy some merch to make it official. Her reply was along the lines of “Like hell you will. I haven’t put up with you for the last 8 years for you to quit now!”

    Smart lady. If I’d made that trade, today would’ve been the karma payback I deserved.

    Fidelitas usque ad mortem.

    Btw, we’ve been married for 24 years this July. I guess you could say I’m a fan of lifelong commitments!

  130. treevojo says:

    The Hermit: Other than my previous comment, I have never stewed my opinion of the Oiler coaches.

    I listen to others because I can be taught.

    But if some doesn’t agree with me it’s all good.

    Cheers!

    Lol.

    I know.

    I’m just being an ass.

    But not towards you.

    One will know.

  131. The Hermit says:

    treevojo,

    I am a happy mf’er right now.

    Winning hockey high!

  132. geowal says:

    Scotch is in hand, nice anniversary edition Lagavulin 8 I brought back…finally relaxed!

    McLellan says Klefbom is in for game 7.

  133. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Also. Can we start talking about 3 SCORING LINES?!?!???!?!?

  134. geowal says:

    leadfarmer: If Maroon gets a hat trick next game do half of ducks fans have to throw their hat on the ice

    Nah, just a quarter of them.

  135. striatic says:

    In other news, the Oilers beat the Ducks 7-1 and forced game 7 in Anaheim.

    I’m happy about this.

    It feels like the Oilers are finding their maturity while the Ducks are losing theirs.

  136. spoiler says:

    Admiral Ackbar,

    Also: SUNDAY AFTERNOOOONZ, BITCHEZ!!

  137. jp says:

    Wow, Drai now 2nd in playoff scoring, 1 point behind Malkin. Impressive!

  138. treevojo says:

    In other news.

    Bruce Wayne’s new found surge on oiler fandom has taken a step back because the Oilers blew a team out with positive results from 7th round equivalent Lucic and a ghost like performance from long time Oiler Eberle.

  139. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    I’m pretty thrilled that I didn’t notice Reinhart and Gryba much and when I did, it was good.

    They were pretty good at stopping the cycle and getting the puck back.

    A little bit of mean didn’t hurt either.

    Benning with a whale of a game, and I love that he worked so well on PP1. I’ve been hoping to see him on it at some point. Hate to see Dreamy out, but love that it gave the coaching staff a chance to see that 2 RH shots on that unit is gold, and Benning is better passer than Klef.

    Thrilled.

    GOILERS!!

    *clap,clap*

  140. Ribs says:

    No joke. As soon as the game ends my soon to be one year old stands up against the ottoman in front of us and the TV and raises both arms with a big smirk on his face. Wooh! He’s wearing his jersey, of course. Then minutes later, he is so inspired by the big Oilers win, he takes his first few steps towards us for a celebratory hug! Perfect! There’s something special happening here!

    Man, I had two thoughts going into this game. It was either going to be a slow plodding cautious affair ended in the third period, or it would be as I hoped, a guns blazing tornado onslaught from our pissed off phenoms. Damn. So satisfying. I think I’ll have another beer.

  141. Lloyd B. says:

    Wow. Couldn’t watch the game tonight due to work. Did hear the first period on the radio.

    I thought it odd during the pregame comments, before noon on the thread, that so many seemed to be writing an obituary.

    I guess the rumors of the Oilers death were a tad premature.

    This growth team continues to learn some very valuable lessons.

    Next lesson, GAME 7. Woooooot!

    There’s something happening here.

  142. treevojo says:

    I thought Nurse had a great game.

    If klefbom isn’t back.

    He will be a big reason the oil pull through on Wednesday.

  143. Lowetide says:

    Ribs:
    No joke. As soon as the game ends my soon to be one year old stands up against the ottoman in front of us and the TV and raises both arms with a big smirk on his face. Wooh! He’s wearing his jersey, of course. Then minutes later, he is so inspired by the big Oilers win, he takes his first few steps towards us for a celebratory hug! Perfect! There’s something special happening here!

    Man, I had two thoughts going into this game. It was either going to be a slow plodding cautious affair ended in the third period, or it would be as I hoped, a guns blazing tornado onslaught from our pissed off phenoms. Damn. So satisfying. I think I’ll have another beer.

    Haha! Give that boy a hockey stick and make sure he shoots right (Woodguy, that’s your left).

  144. Melvis says:

    I’m thrilled, but all in all, there aren’t enough superlatives covering this feeling. The cure for game #5 – a spliff and a soak in a hot tub. Same for game 6. Next game, win or lose…a road trip, some good sounds and a soak in the salt in Watrous. Can’t drown for getting drunk and they don’t call it a medicinal herb for nothing. Stan Weir invented it.

    Goilers!

  145. maudite says:

    Hopefully they call penalties again next game…

  146. Younger Oil says:

    Lowetide: Haha! Give that boy a hockey stick and make sure he shoots right (Woodguy, that’s your left).

    Fun fact that runs true in my family:

    If you want your kid to shoot right, hand him a golf club before a hockey stick.

    He’ll have a hell of a slap shot too.

  147. Jethro Tull says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Whatever happens, I am an Oilers fan.

    I am an Oilers fan!!!!!!

  148. Wolfie says:

    Well, no matter what happens in Game 7 this was one hell of a display. This team is something. If Nuge and Eberle ever find that little bit extra they will be unbeatable.

    I loved seeing Ebs finally take one to the near post and drawing the penalty on Manson. Keep doing that and one’s bound to bounce in. Then you’ll get more space.

    I loved that we could match nasty for nasty.

    I hope they keep going at Getzlaf. He makes everything go for Anaheim.

    One of the most memorable games I have ever watched. I’m seriously considering flying to Anaheim for for Game 7. Even at the risk of financial ruin! Lol

  149. Wolfie says:

    And I want to bring my son!

  150. Diablo says:

    The Hermit: I feel we have a very good head coach, but at the end of the day it’s the players who make the difference.

    Well said – it drives me nuts that when things go wrong, people around here immediately throw the coaches under the bus. I love TMac’s demeanour – never embarrasses the ref or his own players. When he has something to say, he always keeps it brief and professional. His staff has brought structure to our D-zone coverage, zone breakouts, PP and PK this season – something that was unthinkable a year ago. They’ve done a damn good job.

    But at the end of the day, the players have to buy in, trust the system and execute. When things break down it is usually due to equal parts luck and a failure to execute the system.

    Really enjoyed tonights game. Just an outstanding performance by Leon – Chia is going to have to pay the man this summer. Our D was terrific tonight – they moved the puck really well and battled hard in front of the net to keep Talbot’s lanes clear. The forwards were absolutely flying tonight. And I thought everybody did a great job turning the other cheek and avoiding retaliation penalties – we had 2! 5 on 3 PPs!

    Looking forward to game 7 – Oilers got a lot of breaks from the refs tonight and Anaheim’s goalies let in some pretty weak goals. Game 7 is going to be a much tougher game, but if the Oilers can play the same way, they should have success.

    Go Oilers!

  151. Chachi says:

    treevojo: Lol.

    I know.

    I’m just being an ass.

    But not towards you.

    One will know.

    😉

  152. Ribs says:

    Lowetide: Haha! Give that boy a hockey stick and make sure he shoots right (Woodguy, that’s your left).

    I thought we had him spooked after the first few goals. My wife and I were hooting and hollering pretty good at the TV. He looked confused and even cried a little bit one of the times. By the end he was smiling and wailing on the ottoman along with our cheering. Great stuff. On to game seven!

  153. Lloyd B. says:

    Ribs: I thought we had him spooked after the first few goals. My wife and I were hooting and hollering pretty good at the TV. He looked confused and even cried a little bit one of the times. By the end he was smiling and wailing on the ottoman along with ourcheering. Great stuff.On to game seven!

    The little devils are always watching you and taking their cues from you.

    I reckon that is ground zero for the old adage “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”.

  154. Death By Misadventure says:

    LT, after tonight I think your estimate on Leon’s cap is low. I think we’re talking Tarasenko money. It will start with a 7 and a non-zero after the decimal.

  155. Ribs says:

    Younger Oil,

    it’s worth a shot! *No pun intended.

  156. Bag of Pucks says:

    Diablo: Well said – it drives me nuts that when things go wrong, people around here immediately throw the coaches under the bus. I love TMac’s demeanour – never embarrasses the ref or his own players. When he has something to say, he always keeps it brief and professional. His staff has brought structure to our D-zone coverage, zone breakouts, PP and PK this season – something that was unthinkable a year ago. They’ve done a damn good job.

    But at the end of the day, the players have to buy in, trust the system and execute. When things break down it is usually due to equal parts luck and a failure to execute the system.

    Really enjoyed tonights game. Just an outstanding performance by Leon – Chia is going to have to pay the man this summer. Our D was terrific tonight – they moved the puck really well and battled hard in front of the net to keep Talbot’s lanes clear. The forwards were absolutely flying tonight. And I thought everybody did a great job turning the other cheek and avoiding retaliation penalties – we had 2! 5 on 3 PPs!

    Looking forward to game 7 – Oilers got a lot of breaks from the refs tonight and Anaheim’s goalies let in some pretty weak goals. Game 7 is going to be a much tougher game, but if the Oilers can play the same way, they should have success.

    Go Oilers!

    Nailed it!

  157. smellyglove says:

    OK, I said I wasn’t going to watch, and I stayed away for one period.

    Wow.

    This team is so resilient! Congrats. What guts, and playing without 2 of the top 3 D.

    Lastly – Eberle. The goat on the ONLY goal against the Oilers. Ends with a -1 and no points when 20 are distributed to Oilers players. How far the mighty have fallen.

  158. Caller Zen says:

    Eberle with the game 7 winning goal … that would be a sweet, sweet moment. First playoff goal of his career will win the series. Let’s see it happen!

  159. LadiesloveSmid says:

    treevojo:
    I thought Nurse had a great game.

    If klefbom isn’t back.

    He will be a big reason the oil pull through on Wednesday.

    Keep Nurse-Larsson together?

    Klefbom-Benning?

  160. Professor Q says:

    I think the only downside was seeing Getzlaf, Gibson, et al. actually laughing and in good spirits after the game. Scary in a way. Like they know something we don’t.

    I want them down-trodden and depressed lile Couture and the Sharks were during that series.

    New Game: Take a shot every time Getzlaf states that the scoreboard doesn’t matter.

  161. dangilitis says:

    1) My 6 y/o daughter predicted a 7-3 win tonight. I told her she had to be a little more realistic. Damn adults, no imagination…

    2) I’m in Chicago, and my wife had booked a dinner 1 month ago, before the schedule obviously had come out. I was crushed I couldn’t even watch the game, but ordered my entree just before game start as a lovely choucoutre dish: “seared duck breast, duck sausage, confit duck leg, 18 hour sauerkraut, caraway pickled apples, confit potatoes, duck jus.” It was delicious…

  162. Bank Shot says:

    Professor Q:
    I think the only downside was seeing Getzlaf, Gibson, et al. actually laughing and in good spirits after the game. Scary in a way. Like they know something we don’t.

    I want them down-trodden and depressed lile Couture and the Sharks were during that series.

    New Game: Take a shot every time Getzlaf states that the scoreboard doesn’t matter.

    Bryzgalov was doing a lot of smirking in the net in 05/06 before the Oilers lit him up.

    Its impossible to predict what will happen on game 7.

  163. Rake 2.0 says:

    dangilitis:
    1) My 6 y/o daughter predicted a 7-3 win tonight. I told her she had to be a little more realistic. Damn adults, no imagination…

    2) I’m in Chicago, and my wife had booked a dinner 1 month ago, before the schedule obviously had come out. I was crushed I couldn’t even watch the game, but ordered my entree just before game start as a lovely choucoutre dish: “seared duck breast, duck sausage, confit duck leg, 18 hour sauerkraut, caraway pickled apples, confit potatoes, duck jus.” It was delicious…

    The sauerkraut didn’t overpower the rest of the dish?

  164. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Helluva game. Everything worked right. The hockey gords were smiling on them tonight. I hope they didn’t use up all that mojo tonight. Game 7 will be more difficult.

    Hopefully they get the same referee crew. They did a good job at catching the nonsense.

    As Biggie said:

    Going going, back back, to Cali Cali.

  165. BONE207 says:

    Hi Gang…Arrived in Paris and watched the Canadian team win. Slept through the Oilers game but what a good morning it is here. Can’t wait for game 7. I know I will be drunk for that one. The ducks are skewered now. History will reign supreme and Oilers have that Connor kid who has yet to breakout but promised a game 7. Messier prediction…I hope so…

  166. Lloyd B. says:

    Professor Q:
    I think the only downside was seeing Getzlaf, Gibson, et al. actually laughing and in good spirits after the game. Scary in a way. Like they know something we don’t.

    I want them down-trodden and depressed lile Couture and the Sharks were during that series.

    New Game: Take a shot every time Getzlaf states that the scoreboard doesn’t matter.

    I take it as a nervous laughter. They of the 4 straight years of losing game 6 on the road and game 7 at home.

    The Oilers don’t have those demons to excise.

    For all the playoff experience the Ducks have, most of it is not very positive.

    A couple of quick goals against on Wednesday and it could be a “here we go again” for the veteran squad.

    The first goal or two is going to be HUGE for either team.

    Likely moreso for the Ducks.

  167. HenryDrix says:

    who: Exactly. Couldn’t have said it better myself. If that side of Lucic doesn’t show up what are we paying him for?

    Saw it tonight!

  168. Oilanderp says:

    I am steady keeled. Tomorrow morning I will have forgotten about this win. 9 more.

    *goes streaking*

  169. spoiler says:

    Lloyd B.: They of the 4 straight years of losing game 6 on the road and game 7 at home.

    No team is going to want to go through a 5th… and have to deal with all the questions and insults again. The level of motivation they’re going to bring to the beginning of that game will be intense. But there will be an opportunity to get into the Duck heads, if the Oil can find some success.

  170. Lloyd B. says:

    spoiler: No team is going to want to go through a 5th… and have to deal with all the questions and insults again. The level of motivation they’re going to bring to the beginning of that game will be intense. But there will be an opportunity to get into the Duck heads, if the Oil can find some success.

    Intense may be to soft of a term to describe what is coming in the 1st period in Anaheim.

    The goaler, Talbot I think is his name, is going to be all kinds of elite.

    Good thing is…He can be !! Wooooooooooot!!!

  171. Oil2Oilers says:

    This thread has given me the will to live this morning after way to many White Russian variants. I may now owe Visa a organ, I hope they take pickled liver.

    LT, so calm and reasonable on line and on the radio about the game 5 screw job, throwing shade at the Refs as he announced every goal. Music

  172. RedNed says:

    A question from the ignorant: what happens with all the hats after a hat trick?

    As to the game, fantastic! Missed the first period because I can never work out the proper time difference, but greatly enjoyed the rest. To me, Anaheim looked a bit flat (fatigue kicking in?), Larsson looked like he was saving himself a bit, Eberle focused and Sleppy is beginning to look like he did when he played for his KHL team – if he reaches the level of tenaceous ferocity he played with then we will be in for a treat!

    Can’t wait for Thursday (my time). Go Oilers!

  173. hunter1909 says:

    spoiler: No team is going to want to go through a 5th… and have to deal with all the questions and insults again. The level of motivation they’re going to bring to the beginning of that game will be intense. But there will be an opportunity to get into the Duck heads, if the Oil can find some success.

    Score a pair in the first 10 minutes and it’s going to go your team’s way >90% of the time. Draisraitl is capable of scoring these goals, Similarly, thecaptainconnormcdavid is capable of breaking out from his current slump and banging in a pair himself.

    Before opening up the Hunter1909 2017 Playoff Death March I considered having a side contest based on which player was most likely to emerge as Lowetide’s Whitest of Whales Fernando 2006 Pisani.

    Kassian, Letestu, Sleppy the Russian, Deharnais, Caggiula have all had their moments.

  174. hunter1909 says:

    Eberle is playing hockey like a 50 year old virgin hoping to score in an Amsterdam bar.

  175. Whatif says:

    The Oilers need to remain every bit as pissed off and determined for the next game as they obviously were for tonights game.

  176. Soup Fascist says:

    Nobody from the Ducks seemed too interested in talking about their recent collapses in GMs 6/7. That is all they are going to hear for three days. Could motivate them to get the gorilla of their back or could be planting additional seeds of doubt. Personally I think they are more worried about their goaltending.

    Let me say this. Connor McDavid is always capable of having a breakout night. Plus I know this might be wishful thinking but the old 67-93-14 line has some history. Nuge and Poo both missed grade A chances – again – last night. I am hoping against hope there is at least one moment of greatness there, maybe during an integral part of the game.

    Game 7. Nuge’s line with the winner.

  177. hunter1909 says:

    Soup Fascist: Game 7. Nuge’s line with the winner.

    Let’s hope it doesn’t come to hoping for these losers to deliver.

  178. Soup Fascist says:

    hunter1909: Let’s hope it doesn’t come to hoping for these losers to deliver.

    Stanley makes for some crazy story lines.

    Make no mistake – If it is the 2nd goal in a 4-1 Oil win, I am fine with that too.

  179. who says:

    HenryDrix: Saw it tonight!

    Yes we did. Now I want to see it in game 7.

  180. tcho says:

    What a fantastic atmosphere in and around Rogers last night. So much fun, people in great spirits, and (so far – knock on wood) none of the idiocy from the ’06 cup run.

    Goilers! *clapclap*

  181. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – Wow! coaching is a tough gig!

    – I was silent after the 3 goals in 4 minutes, as I thought the coaching staff did a poor job

    – But what can you say about the staff: sans Klef & Sek. Putting Drai &Lucic together, Benning in PP1, a clearly different approach with the lead than Friday.

    – As monumental historic collapse the 4-3 game was, this was a huge win for the organization

    – Can’t say enough about having the depth to be able to bring up 2 D who played total of less than 12 minutes in the playoffs: that’s on Chia.

  182. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – I go:

    McD-Maroon-Shep
    Drai-Lucic-Cags
    RNH-Pou-Ebs
    Letesu-Kassian-DD

  183. crimson20 says:

    Ladies and germs,

    Full credit to that team. A statement game if there ever was one. Feeling good but tempered.

    We all should know by this point, as Sir Bobby Mac has reiterated, that game-to-game momentum is non-existent in these playoffs and the two-day break should give us pause.

    I really hope TMac and the group are equally level-headed post-game 5 as they are post-game 6. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet. Keep the us-vs-the-world mentality going but stay disciplined, ignore the extra-curricular activities, and commit to the speed game and that team will be flying home happy from California.

    As a guy from a movie I once saw said, “good good… let the hate flow through you.”

  184. Pink Socks says:

    dangilitis:
    1) My 6 y/o daughter predicted a 7-3 win tonight. I told her she had to be a little more realistic. Damn adults, no imagination…

    2) I’m in Chicago, and my wife had booked a dinner 1 month ago, before the schedule obviously had come out. I was crushed I couldn’t even watch the game, but ordered my entree just before game start as a lovely choucoutre dish: “seared duck breast, duck sausage, confit duck leg, 18 hour sauerkraut, caraway pickled apples, confit potatoes, duck jus.” It was delicious…

    Rake 2.0: The sauerkraut didn’t overpower the rest of the dish?

    This is the best comment exchange I have ever read.

  185. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Game seven is always a mystery. Breaks, injuries, it’s one game for the whole thing. I feel good that this version of the Oilers has players that are driven to win. I think that is where the lack of quit comes from.

    Nothing is a given, but I believe the team will be there to win. That drive also can help to trump the nerves of a young team. It is going to be a long two and a half days.

  186. Ribs says:

    Lloyd B.: The little devils are always watching you and taking their cues from you.

    I reckon that is ground zero for the old adage “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”.

    So that’s why he was trying to kick the dog and throwing his toys at the TV during the third period of game 5!!! … No, wait, that was just me..

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